Early Review: The Queen by Tiffany Reisz

Title: The Queen
Series: The Original Sinners #8
Author: Tiffany Reisz

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publisher: MIRA

Pub Date: October 27, 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

Our thoughts...

Every book in The Original Sinners series has a different feel and approach while staying true to the characters and story. Each book has its own unique flare while the sum of the series remains cohesive. All four book in The White Years take place in the past and present. The first three books tended to visit both fairly equally, whereas The Queen is centered mostly in the past with the present only coming into play in the beginning and the end, which caused a bit of a challenge for my old-woman brain. When the story moved back to the present at the end of the book I found myself needing to reread a bit of the beginning to help reset the scene.

I love this series. I have loved (almost) every moment and will read anything Tiffany Reisz writes. With that being said, there was just something about this one that didn’t hook me as much as I anticipated. I also found myself walking away from this book on several occasions and I haven’t been able to pinpoint my reason for doing so. Was it my mood? Because I didn’t want the series to end? Or was I just not as ensnared as I have grown accustomed to be from the others in the series? My instincts are to blame it on me but when I look back, I just don’t think this one grabbed my attention as much as the other books in the series.

The Queen, like the other books in The White Series, gives the reader a new perspective on the characters we love so dearly. We are taken to a time when Nora and Søren are not together but still deeply in love. A time when Nora is finding her true self and inner-strength. A time when Eleanor found Nora. The story is quite beautifully told. It has a heart-warming feel to it that slows things down a bit. I think that might be at the root of my delayed reading. With that said, I did enjoy the more reflective and nostalgic tone; It just didn’t encourage quick reading.

When all is said and done, I enjoyed this book. My procrastination is not very indicative of my feelings towards the tale.  I am happy with the way the series ends, with where some of my favorite characters ride off into the sunset. This series is definitely one worth reading and rereading for a long time to come.

*On a side note, I noticed the ebook has a higher price point than the average and is almost as much as the paperback. If this deters you, I recommend checking your local library’s ebook catalog for this and the other books in the series. I originally found The Siren through my library and checked out several of the books in the series. 

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